It's time to rethink the battle between two of the current generation's most popular GPUs, the Radeon RX 5700 XT and the GeForce RTX 2060 Super. Why not? We were actually asked for an update, so in the past few days we have collected completely new data with the latest drivers and game versions.
It's been a little over six months since we last compared these two in a variety of games. Nothing has changed in terms of pricing. The RTX 2060 Super is still available for $ 400 and more. Most cards cost $ 420 or more. The 5700 XT also costs $ 400 [MSRP], but at the moment there are some boards that start at $ 380 and more.
We mentioned earlier that GeForce cards tend to sell better regardless of performance based on our Amazon sales data for the past year or the huge user pool in the Steam hardware survey. This could partly explain why AMD appears to be a little more aggressive in pricing. It could also be related to the stigma surrounding their drivers and recent stability issues. However, we are pleased to announce that AMD is currently largely in control of the situation.
There are 36 games to test today, a handful of which were not tested last time. We'll take a closer look at the results for a dozen of the games we tested, and then jump to the 36 game performance graphs. All tests were performed using our Core i9-9900K GPU test system, which was clocked with 5 GHz and 16 GB DDR4-3400 memory. We handle resolutions of 1080p and 1440p. Let's get to the results.
First, we have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and here the 5700 XT with 1440p is almost 20% faster than the 2060 Super. The Nvidia GPU still offers a very acceptable level of performance, but for the rocky 144 Hz monitors, the 5700 XT is a better choice.
We tested Ghost Recon Breakpoint with the new Vulkan API implementation. Despite Turing's architectural improvements, the 5700 XT was still 16% faster at 1440p. This allowed the Radeon GPU to exceed the 60 fps limit for a slightly smoother experience.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider's results show improvements over both GPUs since the original test. However, AMD makes the biggest gains. At 1440p, the 5700 XT enjoys a 12% increase, while the 2060 Super is 4% faster.
Without further testing, it is difficult to say whether this is due to driver updates or game optimizations, but either way the 5700 XT is currently 1340p faster on average at 1440p.
If we move on to Gears 5, we find that the Radeon GPU has a performance advantage in both resolutions tested and outperforms the 2060 Super at 1440p by 12%. As a result, over 60 fps were maintained over the entire benchmark run.
Control is a title sponsored by Nvidia, and the green team has done a lot of optimization work here, mainly to raise the bar for ray tracing performance. As a result, the RTX 2060 Super can close, but even then, the 5700 XT was still 8% faster at 1440p and, interestingly, even faster at 1080p, where the margin rose to 14%.
Metro Exodus is another title sponsored by Nvidia that has been heavily optimized for GeForce GPUs. However, AMD was not on duck and has also optimized the performance here. As a result, the 5700 XT was 16% faster at 1440p and the Radeon GPU cracked the 100 fps barrier.
Next we have the newly released Resident Evil 3 and here the 5700 XT leads with a margin of 14% at 1440p and a lower margin of 9% at 1080p. The 1440p win caused the Radeon GPU to reach almost 100 fps, although we're not sure how clear the difference will be for most players. It's clear that AMD offers the best for your money in this title.
Doom Eternal is another new game, and here we see a very even performance between these two $ 400 GPUs. The 5700 XT came out a few frames ahead of us, but we're talking about a negligible difference, so it's a tie. Both had an average of well over 100 fps at 1440p, so the performance was excellent.
The ever popular Fortnite is a struggle for the 5700 XT, at least relative to what we've seen so far. Overall, we see the same gaming experience with both graphics cards, but considering that the Radeon GPU was up to 30% faster on other titles, this is one of the weaker results.
PUBG is another popular Battle Royale title, and while the overall performance of the 5700 XT is very good, this is a rare case where the RTX 2060 Super outperforms the tests. The end result sees the Radeon GPU defeated by 14% at 1440p.
If we move to Borderlands 3, we will notice in advance that the 5700 XT has seen an 8% increase in performance since the original test a few months ago, while the RTX 2060 Super has remained unchanged. Since the 5700 XT already has an outstanding lead in Borderlands 3, the gap has increased, which has blown AMD's lead to a whopping 37% at 1440p.
Finally, we have the Battlefield V results where the 5700 XT was 15% faster at 1440p, so the Radeon GPU could average 100fps. Another solid result for AMD in a popular title.
As expected, the Radeon 5700 XT still seems to have the RTX 2060 Super number. If anything, the Radeon is a little better today than it was over six months ago.
At 1080p, the 5700 XT was 9% faster on average and celebrated its biggest win in Borderlands 3, while also holding its own in Monster Hunter World, Metro Exodus, DiRT Rally 2 and half a dozen other titles. The only real problems for AMD were The Outer Worlds, the battlefields of PlayerUnknown and Warhammer Vermintide 2. Humorously, Vermintide 2 is a title sponsored by AMD.
In our previous test, we found that the Radeon 5700 XT was 10% faster on average at 1440p, and today we find essentially the same thing. This time it's 8% faster, which is explained by the removal of the F1 2019, which favors AMD GPUs fairly strongly. We removed F1 2019 from our suite due to stability issues. The latest patch causes the game to crash frequently and the performance seems to be everywhere.
The 5700 XT remains largely the top performer. Although we have to say that the result of Borderlands 3 is an outlier, we saw Deus Ex as a strong performance advantage in favor of the Radeon GPU: Shared Humanity, Call of Duty, For Honor, Monster Hunter World, World War Z and a number of others Games.
What to buy
After looking at all the data, we saw some improvements for the 5700 XT, but overall the comparison looks very similar in early 2020. After last year's match, Nvidia launched the RTX 2060 Super at the same time. Pricing $ 350 as RTX 2060 would be a clear win for the green team, but if the 2060 Super doesn't meet a specific need for you, you are Simply better off with a graphics card from the 5700 series.
The margins are not huge, but usually the 5700 XT costs a little less and is still a bit faster overall. Both GPUs are supported by a range of high quality AIB graphics cards that run cool and quiet. Availability is currently excellent.
What has changed since our last update is Nvidia's DLSS. We mocked this as an RTX selling point because the implementation was awful and the resolution scaling offered the same performance increase with better image quality. As a result, Nvidia abandoned its original DLSS plans and started over, and we believe that Tim's extensive articles on image quality analysis were largely responsible.
DLSS 2.0 is a major overhaul and, finally, what Nvidia promised: it brings enormous improvements in performance while maintaining a comparable image quality. But we need more games. We are currently talking about less than half a dozen games currently on the market. While many of you are likely to think that the 5700 XT will age better in the long run than the 2060 Super, this may not be the case as DLSS 2.0 game support improves in the future.
We are far less convinced of ray tracing support, but we are more than happy that we were wrong about this. DLSS 2.0 has already proven itself. Nvidia just has to prove to customers that they can get it in more games than much more games. AMD has not yet developed its own DLSS-like technology, and it would be interesting to see if new hardware is required. Addressing driver errors seems to have been a challenge, but luckily they now seem to have overcome the situation.
As of today, the Radeon RX 5700 XT is the more powerful product in most titles. Demanding games where ~ 10% more power can mean the difference between 60+ fps at 1440p and immersion below 60 fps could be important. It is also a little cheaper. You can't go wrong with the RTX 2060 Super, but this is a close win for AMD.